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Soul messages and sense of mission

The work we choose, the lessons we repeat for those around us, tend to be reflections of where we have been, where we are, or where we want to be.  The messages that hold the most resonance for us personally will be the ones that we long to repeat for others, in the hope that […]

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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”  Madeleine L’Engle

  hen we are teaching, doing social work, raising children, training, or coaching, we are teaching, working with, raising, training, and coaching ourselves.   We nurture our own earlier selves in nurturing those who are on the path we once took. You reach out, they take your hand, they move towards what you offer.  You offer […]

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Fear of Death: What to do now.

I was just inspired by a conversation about colleagues who are a few years away from retirement. These colleagues are difficult in meetings. They’re creating conflicts. They’re acting out. In these behaviors, they may not only be fighting for their perspective in the meeting on the small point under discussion. They may be fighting for […]

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Diversity and Inclusion: what’s the difference? Why should we care?

A special and unusual event occurred on June 23 in Frankfurt on the rooftop and meeting rooms of the 25 Hours Hotel by Levi’s — yes, the denim jeans company Levi’s helped design the hotel. Thus we all wore jeans and sneakers (well, I didn’t, but that’s more because I don’t wear jeans to give […]

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What kinds of people fuel the new backlash? Why do we need limits on paid work?

A continuation of the Blog on the new Backlash: why we need to defend work-life research and policies, from my presentation at the Conference „6th International Community, Work and Family Conference in Malmö, Sweden from 19-22 May 2015“. This presentation and blog were inspired by my response to Thomas Vasek’s book „Work-Life Bullshit“ which we […]

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A new backlash? How to Defend Work-Family Policies: Presentation in Malmö, Sweden

Work-family policies and programming have made enormous leaps forward in the public and private sectors in the last decades of the 20th century and first decades of the 21st century. The goal, broadly and generally stated, is enabling paid work, unpaid work, family care, self-care, and community involvement to all be part of a normal […]

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Closing Ceremony, Women in Leadership: Opening doors, developing potential

On 4. December 2014 there was a special closing awards ceremony at the ZWW Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, „Mit Frauen in Führung: Türen öffnen – Potenziale fördern.“ (Women in Leadership: Opening doors, developing potential). Young women got training over a period of time for leadership skills, and the Minister Alt gave out certificates of participation. I […]

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Reason #6 why women should be in leadership: Sharing the burden

Reason six: It does people good to know they’re not alone. Sharing responsibilities in the home is good for partnerships and for children, who learn that everyone pitches in. The division of labor at work does us and our teams good, too. Sharing the burdens and responsibilities makes it possible for men and women to have more […]

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Reason #5 why women in leadership is a worthy goal: Visibility for new issues

A fifth aspect why women can accomplish something special in leadership positions is that they often start with token status. They can use this status to bring visibility to an issue that’s important to them. I’ll explain. A „token“ is someone who carries a visible indicator that separates him or her from the rest of […]

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The fourth aspect why we need women at the top: Role Models!

The fourth aspect why women in leadership are critically important, is the role model function of women at the top. This role modeling matters for everyone, not just for women. If people at the top reflect diversity, then the employees at lower levels of the organization can better imagine themselves expanding their possibilities and visualizing […]

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